This one belongs somewhere in the “right-field bleachers” section of the board. However, since the U.S. seems to be facing “the health crisis of the century” and since there has already been comment on this board re the Corona-virus
, as well as the related financial / investment repercussions, I thought I’d “toss” it out here. I’ve always respected the right of everyone to practice / or not practice any religion of choice. As a non-believer, I’m certainly uncomfortable with the idea that all
Americans should pray to some supreme entity
(for relief from the pandemic I assume), even though the very notion may run contrary to their own inner conscience and moral beliefs.
And to what end? I’d love to have someone convince me that if I start believing
in some supreme power and than pray fervently to it, him or her the pandemic will stop, become less severe, or that lives will be spared.
Trump Announcement: https://pulpitandpen.org/2020/03/13/president-trump-calls-national-day-of-prayer-for-sunday/
Other Presidents have also called for similar faith related observances. Here’s a history:http://www.religioustolerance.org/day_pray2.htm
A favorite passage from MT’s Huckleberry Finn
:“Then Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing
come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I
would get it. But it warn’t so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line,
but no hooks. It warn’t any good to me without hooks. I tried for the
hooks three or four times, but somehow I couldn’t make it work. By and
by, one day, I asked Miss Watson to try for me, but she said I was a
I set down one time back in the woods, and had a long think about it.
I says to myself, if a body can get anything they pray for, why don’t
Deacon Winn get back the money he lost on pork? Why can’t the widow
get back her silver snuffbox that was stole? Why can’t Miss Watson fat
up? No, says I to my self, there ain’t nothing in it.”